Empson USA Supremus

Fact Sheet


Location: Maremma, Colline Pisance, Colli Fiorentini and Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy

Neil and Maria Empson have always favored Tuscany as a winemaking region. After starting their own importing business for Italian wines, it was a natural step to bottle their own homage to Tuscany’s wine regions. Pairing with friend and winemaker, Franco Bernabei, Supremus was crafted from some of the best vineyards sites in Maremma, Colline Pisance, Colli Fiorentini and Chianti Classico.

Points of Differentiation

  • A cross-section of Tuscany’s best locations
  • Accessible early with an aim of being a food friendly wine
  • Fashioned by world-renown winemaker, Franco Bernabei
  • A nearly 50-year pedigree

The History

Launched in 2009, this wine was over thirty years in the making. Its creators, Neil and Maria Empson, set up the Neil Empson Selections in 1972 and subsequently founded several proprietary brands from various Italian regions. Tuscan wines have always been a favorite and for that reason, the Empson's chose winemaker and close friend, Franco Bernabei, the Maestro of Tuscan reds to produce their wine.

The combined passion and experience of Neil Empson and Franco Bernabei epitomizes the harmony of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.

The Terroir

Grapes hail from a few of the region's finest vineyard sites, in the areas of Maremma, Colline Pisane, Colli Fiorentini and Chianti Classico. The vines are over 25-years old, yielding small, highly concentrated crops. The wine itself is a top selection from the vinification of the three varieties. The ensuing blend is aged in barriques for 14 months, previous to a further six months in the bottle.